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February 22, 2008

Turks move against PKK in Iraq

Sounds like a major effort.

Thousands of Turkish troops have crossed into northern Iraq to hunt Kurdish rebels, television and a military source said on Friday, escalating a conflict that could undermine [PA - or vastly enhance stability if the Turks succeed and leave afterwards] stability in the region.

Turkey's military said the cross-border offensive, possibly the largest in a decade, would continue until they had stopped the threat from PKK rebels, who have been using northern Iraq as a base to stage attacks in Turkey.

It said in a statement 24 PKK rebels and five soldiers were killed in clashes in Iraq. It also said at least 20 rebels were killed in separate aerial attacks.

The United States urged Turkey, a key regional ally, to limit its offensive to precise PKK targets and to bring the operation to a swift conclusion. Iraq's government called on Turkey to respect its sovereignty and to avoid any military action which would threaten security...

The Iraqi govt reaction sounds rather ummm...unoutraged. In fact it sounds rather like a tacit approval when combined with the US response. The PKK have been a PITA for all parties involved and their commie basis has no viable place in the political development of the Kurd area which has become a rather vibrant capitalist economy lately. If the Turks crush the PKK, there's very few who will cry for them. Their demise will enhance the security of both Iraq and Turkey, and Iran as well.


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